Riedewald stars in Ajax comeback

  • Last Updated: December 22 2013, 19:04 GMT

A review of the weekend's action in the Dutch Eredivisie as teenager Jairo Riedewald starred in Ajax's win.

Ajax battled back to take the three points
Ajax battled back to take the three points

Teenager Jairo Riedewald made a dream league debut for Ajax with two late goals to help his side claim a 2-1 comeback win over Roda JC and a return to the top of the Eredivisie ahead of the winter break.

The Amsterdammers appeared on course for only their fourth defeat of the season with Roda leading through Henk Dijkhuizen's 34th-minute goal but 17-year-old defender Riedewald, an 80th-minute substitute, levelled in the 88th minute before grabbing the winner in time added on.

The win sees Ajax move back above Vitesse Arnham on goal difference.

PSV Eindhoven have had a first half of the season to forget but at least go into the break on a good note after a 2-0 win over ADO Den Haag.

They were given a helping hand when ADO goalkeeper Gino Coutinho was sent off after half an hour, with Jurgen Locadio netting the resulting penalty before adding a second four minutes before half-time.

FC Groningen got in the party mood with a 5-2 thrashing of NEC Nijmegen.

Michael De Leeuw got the first after 14 minutes before quickfire goals from Filip Kostic and Eric Botteghin made it 3-0 before the half-hour mark.

De Leeuw got his second four minutes into the second half and, although Christoph Hemlein and Alireza Jahanbakhsh pulled goals back for the visitors, De Zeeuw finished off the game - and his hat-trick - with a 70th-minute strike.

Go Ahead Eagles came from behind to beat FC Utrecht 2-1 at home.

Cedric Badjeck gave the visitors a fourth-minute lead but Jeffrey Rijsdijk levelled 10 minutes later before Jop van der Linden won it from the penalty spot with quarter of an hour remaining.

On Saturday, Bryan Linssen bagged a second-half brace as Heracles hit back from a two-goal deficit to earn a 2-2 draw with Vitesse.

Peter Bosz's men appeared to be on course to bounce back from last week's surprise defeat at Roda JC when Patrick van Aanholt struck after just six minutes, while Lucas Piazon added their second shortly before half-time.

But Linssen pulled one back in the 51st minute and then earned a share of the spoils in the 77th minute.

Heerenveen took out their frustrations at being knocked out of the KNVB Beker by AZ with a thumping 5-1 victory at AFAS Stadion.

AZ came out on top on penalties in the cup competition but they were 3-1 down by half-time on Saturday, with Bilal Basacikoglu opening the scoring in the 12th minute before Hakim Ziyech doubled Heerenveen's lead.

Aron Johannsson pulled one back in the 40th minute but Luciano Slagveer restored the visitors' two-goal lead on the stroke of half-time. Alfred Finnbogason made sure there was no way back for AZ in the 69th minute, with Ziyech rubbing salt into the wound four minutes later.

Lex Immers scored twice in seven minutes as Feyenoord moved a point behind Ajax and FC Twente with a routine 3-0 win over PEC Zwolle.

Immers scored in the 33rd and 39th minutes before Jean-Paul Boetius sealed victory for Ronald Koeman's men in the 55th minute.

Anouar Hadouir's 74th-minute effort ensured NAC ended a run of four games without a win after they edged out Cambuur Leeuwarden 1-0.


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